Apr 25 2014

Rafael Correa on Communications Law, Laila Al-Arian on Bangladesh

Rafael Correa

A new communications law in Ecuador seeks to break up powerful media conglomerates, create new community and public media and promote diversity on the airwaves. To US critics, though, it’s really a way for left-leaning president Rafael Correa to silence his detractors. He’ll join us to talk about the law and the press in his country.

Also on CounterSpin today, top: At the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, a new film challenges US corporations’ accountability for workplace conditions at suppliers they always seem to claim not to know. ‘Made in Bangladesh,” from Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines series, recently won a Peabody Award. We’ll speak with its producer, author and journalist Laila Al-Arian of Al Jazeera English.

Nov 30 2012

Scott Nova on Bangladesh factory fire, Maurice Carney on Congo


Scott Nova of the Workers Rights Consortium joins us to talk about the fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed over 100 workers. “War torn, mineral rich” –that’s pretty much all Time magazine thinks you need to know about the region of eastern Congo. Maurice Carney of the group Friends of the Congo talks media.

Sep 1 1996

The Celebrity and the Sweatshops

Kathie Lee's "Star Power" outshines child workers

Kathie Lee Gifford was caught off guard when labor rights ac­tivist Charlie Kernaghan and his team at the National Labor Committee revealed the unperky truth: The Wal-Mart clothing line that bears her name (and picture) was partly made in sweatshops by Central American kids. But before the month was out, Gif­ford’s “Scramble to Save Face” (New York Times, 5/24/96) had been trans­formed into a crusade: With help from damage-control king Howard Ruben­stein (PR consultant to Leona Helmsley and Donald Trump), Kathie Lee became a “committed labor activist” (New York Times, 6/13/96). Suddenly it was Gif­ford, not Kernaghan, who had “called […]